We're all going skiing in Feb, for the first time as a family. I have bought snowproof trousers and jacket for my 5 year old - it was all they stocked in the shop when returning something else - but am worried now he should really have waterproof (lots of falling over etc).
Long story but it will be slightly tricky to return what I've already bought (will probably get credit note rather than refund), hence the dithering.
Does anyone have any views on whether snowproof might be ok?
Generally, as I have come to understand, children's skiwear isn't truly waterproof like adult stuff. This doesn't mean they'll get wet, but means the seams aren't fully taped like adult waterproof kit is.
Generally children don't ski off piste or in deep powder so don't need the same level of waterproofing as adults might. Snow proof will b absolutely fine.
For our first ski holiday I bought the cheapest stuff I could find for myself. It wasn't waterproof but was fine for our first holiday as it was so cold, but for our second holiday it was milder and not pleasant at all! I was soggy while Dh and kids were fine. I bought myself a lovely Waterproof North face jacket the next year!
Yes, HermioneD, that's what the guy in the shop said, it was just whether or not the seams were taped. In fact, Mountain Warehouse says all its kids' skiing trousers/jackets are only snowproof However, Sainsbury's is selling kids stuff labelled waterproof with taped seams - but sadly out of stock in DS2's size.
I've found some stuff online for the same price, so I suppose if I end up with a credit note for Mountain Warehouse, it won't be the end of the world.
Thanks for the tip, gunpowder, I will buy scotchguard for DD's jacket and trousers.
Ooh just thought, when I learnt to ski as a kid in 80's the kit was pretty dreadful but I had waterproof gaiters that went over my boots and up to my knees that stopped the snow/water getting in. Don't know if they still sell such a thing.
Only ever remember having a wet bottom, and cold hands, but think I had rubbish hand me down gloves.
Thanks Gunpowder and BikeRunSki. Swithering now though .
Also, I just got out all our kit to see what we'd all got re base layers etc, and seen that my trousers are only snow proof! Definitely not buying more for me, will scotch guard them. (Am definitely not an off-piste skier.)
On that note, and relevant to the credit note issue, how many long johns and proper skiing base layers (as opposed to normal cotton tops) should I get each child? Have got quite a lot for the 5yo as he's messy, but only one of each for the 7 and 9 yos. I need more don't I?!
I'm always surprised how hot I get skiing and also think snow proof would be fine - think that's what we all wore when we went skiing as a family a couple of years ago. Think we only had one base layer each - but it was an expensive wool one that said it wouldn't smell...Agree about several pairs of gloves/mittens though.
Thanks folks. I am 90% sure snow proof would be fine, but as I've evidently got to get more stuff anyway (and can use credit note), I'm going to be completely risk-averse and get waterproof stuff for my 5 yo. Just have visions of a rainy week, and having to pay £££ in the resort to upgrade his kit. Also, he is very likely to spend most of his time rolling in snow. He is quite wobbly without skis on .